Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory
Columbia University Press, 2010 - 344 síğur
Michel Foucault was the first to embed the roots of human sexuality in discipline and biopolitics, therefore revolutionizing our conception of sex and its relationship to society, economics, and culture. Yet over the past two decades, scholars have limited themselves to the study of Foucault's History of Sexuality, volume 1 paying lesser attention to his equally explosive History of Madness. In this earlier volume, Foucault recasts Western rationalism as a project that both produces and represses sexual deviants, calling out the complicity of modern science and the exclusionary nature of family morality. By reclaiming these deft moves, Lynne Huffer teases out exciting new strands of Foucauldian thought. She then revisits the theorist's ethical work in light of these discoveries, divining an ethics of eros that sees sexuality as a lived experience we are repeatedly called on to remember. Throughout her study, Huffer weaves her own experiences together with Foucault's, sampling from unpublished interviews and other archived materials in order to intimately rework the problem of sexuality as a product of reason.
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Generally speaking , historians have been sharply critical of History of Madness , arguing that the book suffers from ... 4 ° But to argue the book's merits or lack thereof according to the criteria of the discipline of history is to ...
First , while Eribon insists that Foucault's story is ultimately the history of gay men , I argue explicitly against such ... I , by contrast , build my argument around the central question of a postmoral queer political ethic .
“ Queer Moralities ” : I argue in this chapter that we miss a crucial component of Foucault's critique of morality when we only read the Foucault of the 1970s and eighties . Specifically , what we miss when we read about productive ...
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